Lok Kawi Wildlife Park – newly open “zoo” in Sabah

We know that Sabah is one of the place in this world that still has some natural habitat to wildlife creatures. However, to those who found out it is sometimes difficult to get to the remote place where this natural habitat live, then Lok Kawi Wildlife Park that was newly opened to public, is a good alternative. Visitor can see a number of ‘local’ animal like orang utan and proboscis monkey away from their natural habitat.

We went to the park on the 18th February, on the second day the park was opened to the public. Although the entrance fee that cost RM10 per adult is quite expensive (I think?), but for nature and wildlife conservation purposes, I don’t think it matters. At least, that’s the thing that we could do to support the park and the animals.

Well, after walking for about half an hour, and trying to explain and introduce all the animals to my 2 year old son, we got exhausted. At least, by doing that, he will be more educated than just being in front of the tv watching the animals from Animal Planet.

These are some of the photos that I took from the park.

Lok Kawi Wildlife Park

Our group. I brought my 4-months old baby also.

Elephant

My son infront of the elephant cage. Oh, he is trying to show me ‘peace’ sign with his finger. Until now he can only show his index finger…

Elephant footprint

I don’t know why they made this and why I take photo of it. I guess I just want to share with you the thing that they got.

Ostrich

They also have a couple of ostrich.

Proboscis monkey

Adult proboscis monkey – in a cage. Notice the big golden colour nose?

Poboscis monkey

The nose for young proboscis monkey is dark colour. It changes as they grow older.

Layang-Layang Island Resort Diving Package

If you like diving, then you might have heard about Layang-Layang Island in Sabah. I just would like to share with you the diving package that viewmalaysia.com has.

Layang-Layang Island Resort Diving Package

Package includes:
– 6 Nights Accomoodation at Layang-Layang Island Resort
– 5 Meals A Day
– 3 Boat Dives A Day
– Use of Tanks, Weights & Weights Belts
– 2 Ways Flight Ticket (Kota Kinabalu – Layang-layang Island – Kota Kinabalu)

Resort Facilities :
– 86 rooms with air-conditioned; extra size beds; private shower, TV, refrigerator; telephone and private verandah.
– Swimming pool, kayak & windsurfer
– Restaurant 0f 150 pax capacity serves Asian and Continental speciality.
– Bar serving exotic cocktails and refreshing soft drinks
– TV, Souvenir shop & Conference room

Dive Centre :
– PADI dive centre headed by certified instructors with a team of qualified dive masters.
– Our fleet of dive boats get you to the dives site within 10 to 30 minutes.
– Rental equipment : BCDs, regulators, fins, masks, snorkels, wet suit, dive torch.
– PADI dive courses are conducted regulary

Flight Schedule: (Every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Sunday – Subject to confirmation)
0630 / 0745 Kota Kinabalu / Layang-Layang
0815 / 0930 Layang-Layang / Kota Kinabalu

Daily Itinerary for Divers:

0700 Light Breakfast 1300 Lunch
0800 1st Dive 1500 3rd Dive
0930 Main Breakfast 1630 Tea Break
1130 2nd Dive 1930 Dinner

Exhausted+Tired+Confused=Reformation!

Hello there, probably some of you do know me, I am Aiden, a proud partner & contributor of Ruhaizad. I am a freelance tourist guide in my own hometown, the city of Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

Over the past 1 month, I have been dealing with most of our website visitors’ accommodation reservations, bookings and acquiring. At the first month of dealing with those accommodations (December 06′ – January 07′) , I remembered that those days were a chaos for both of us. We handled our visitors’ requests disorderly, and often took several days to get to know what our visitors were requesting actually.

Due to the heaps requests from our online visitors, I have figured out a way, to centralize our visitors’ requests, rather than having those visitors to send a request to Ruhaizad’s comment-form page, and then having Ruhaizad personally re-send all request email to me, and then proceed with asking what do those visitors really want us to help them. After a several hours of discussing with Ruhaizad, we eventually came out with a solution, a request form which every one of our visitors can easily describe what they want.

As the time goes on, it has been about 2 months that we have been dealing with the accommodations’ activities. Every single day, we will receive at least 1 to 2 requests for the Mount Kinabalu’s accommodation. And we noticed that if we do not systematically manage the request form, both of us will be the one who are going to be exhausted. And that is what I am feeling exactly right now.

Therefore, to prevent this from happening again, we (me and Ruhaizad) has actually review our website, and the main core of setting up the website. We both found out some part of our current situation which need to be optimized.

1) Before this, we are helping off almost all of our online visitors for FREE . — We do have our own life too, we are doing a favour to our online visitors, which are, to help them to search for accommodations in the Mount Kinabalu area. Many times, some of our visitors just don’t understand our situation, they thought that we have a company, and we are operating as an operator. Some of them even rush us on a daily or bi-daily basis. The answer is NO. We are only ordinary human like all of you, which by profession, Ruhaizad practices as a doctor, and I am a freelance tourist guide in Kota Kinabalu. After reviewing from this aspect, we have decided to generate some profit by doing so. After all, Ruhaizad has his own family, while I need to focus on my own career too.

2) We are going to put our business ONLINE. — That means we are going to have a more convenient way for online visitors from worldwide to pay via the internet, on a secured page. In that case, I truly appreciate those who have been dealing with us in the past 2 months. I know that we have had a hard time for those payments being made, but I sincerely thank all of those who had been dealing with us, for your trust on us, even by paying us using various kind of method, such as Paypal, Moneybookers, bank transfer, and so on. You/your friend are going to have a lot more choices in the near future, which we are recently trying hard to set up some.

3) We are still having a messy system to cater the accommodations’ request. — We will try our best to give the best information for our online visitors. We will let them choose their own way to plan out their trip in Sabah [ either to go on with a budgeted tour, a normal tour, a tailor-made tour, or a third-party (local tour operator in Kota Kinabalu) offered package tour ] .

Hopefully by the end of March, most of our plan will be successfully generated, and thus making a better way for our online visitors to book for the accommodations. In my humble opinion, every single form of business/organization/groups/non-profit organization will have hard times on their initial formation. Same thing happened to us, as we started with limited manpower. During our optimization of our website & company (will set up one in a short while) in the near future, we will be operating the request form at a slower rate comparing to those days (back to 1 or 2 months ago). Hope all of you can understand about our situation, and every single contribution of any form, which come from any of our previous/recent/future online visitors will be a grateful thing for both me and Ruhaizad.

Hopefully this post will lead a clearer view for some of our online visitors. Again, I sincerely thank those who have supported us in the past, and those who are giving great support to us in the future too.

Best Regards,

Aiden Chong

Malaysia Open Source Training Centre, Kota Kinabalu

I was surprised when I read a news today about this new centre in town. And, I am happy to know that Sabah state government is keen to migrate their department to open source. The opening of the centre was officiated by Resource and IT Development Minister Datuk Dr Yee Moh Chai. You can read the full story about the opening of the centre from New Sabah Times.

I also did some Googling on “malaysia open source training centre”. The centre came out number 4 in Google SERP, with the webpage mostly photos and some of the pages is still under construction. You can check out their webpage here.

Give me sometime. I will surely be there, just to see what they can do for Sabah open source community!

Google Pack – 14 free powerful tools for you

Google Pack Google Pack is a free collection of essential software from Google and other companies. The software in the Google Pack helps you browse the web faster, remove spyware and viruses, organize your photos, and more.

Google Pack also takes the hassle out of downloading, installing, and updating software. You can download and install the entire Google Pack in just a few clicks. And the included Google Updater helps you discover new programs and keep your current software up to date.

Google Software Included

Google Earth – 3D Earth browser

* Zoom from space to street level — tour the world
* Find maps, driving directions, hotels, restaurants, and more

Google Desktop – Desktop companion

* Find all your email, files, web history, and more
* Get all your personalized info in one place with Sidebar

Picasa – Photo organizer

* Find, edit, and share your photos in seconds
* Easily remove red eye and fix photos

Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer – Search toolbar

* Search from any web page and autofill forms
* Block annoying pop-ups

Google Pack Screensaver – Photo screensaver

* Enjoy photos from your personal collection
* View pictures full screen or as a collage

Additional Software Included

Mozilla Firefox with Google Toolbar – Web browser
Mozilla Corporation

* Browse the web quickly and securely
* Switch between pages quickly with tabbed browsing

Ad-Aware SE Personal – Antispyware utility
Lavasoft

* Safely detect and remove spyware
* Protect your privacy with powerful features

Norton AntiVirus 2005 Special Edition – Antivirus utility
Symantec

* Protect your PC from viruses, worms and Trojan horses
* Includes 6-month subscription to protection updates

Adobe Reader 7 – PDF reader
Adobe Systems

* View, print, and search PDF files
* Launches up to 50% faster than Reader 6.0

Optional Software (Add to Pack)

Google Talk – Voice and IM application

* Connect with your friends via IM or free voice calls
* Send and receive files and voice messages easily and quickly

Google Video Player – Video player

* Play videos purchased and downloaded through the Google Video website

RealPlayer – Media player

* Play popular media formats, organize music and videos
* Transfer music to iPod and other portable media players

GalleryPlayer HD Images – Images

* High-quality artwork and photos
* Perfect for your screensaver or desktop

Skype – Voice, video and chat

* Make free voice and video calls to anyone else on Skypeâ„¢
* Call landlines and mobile phones at pretty low rates

Where to ask for the best Linux Distribution?

I know, when you would like to try Linux, you do not know where to ask to get the best distribution for you. Linux distribution (aka Distro) is a variety or options for your computer to run Linux. As an example, if you choose Windows, you can only have XP, Vista, 2000 or 98 (Although it’s not a good example). That’s about it. But, for Linux, you can have thousands of options (distro) to choose.

You will ask me, which one do I know that will suits you? Well, it depends on what do you want to do with your daily computer usage. Because of the nature of Linux distro, you can choose from hundreds of distro that are available for you to use, and you will get the same Linux kernel advantage with a different graphical use interface.

DistrowatchDistrowatch is the place for you to go if you decided to try Linux and get the distro that is suitable for you. It is a website that also features the latest Linux distro in this world.

I went to Distrowatch about 2 years ago, and get my first copy of Linux distro – Knoppix Live CD, that took me nearly 6 hours to download from my slow internet connection. But it was worth it. I then download Xandros OCE 3.0.2 and managed to install it in my only notebook – and dual-boot! The journey with Linux was difficult initally, but when you ready to learn something new everyday, it was really a joyride.

Mount Kinabalu Reservation – I show you my inbox…

Aiden and me received enormous amount of email, requesting us to speed up their booking with Sutera Sanctuary Lodges for their climbing trip. I know, we are a bit slow at the moment, as we just set up our reservation system and it’s only 2 of us are maintaining it. Since we launch our dedicated page to cater the request from 2nd of February, we have received 42 reservation, i.e. it’s about 2 request per day. It looks like not a lot to you, but for us, it is.

We are dedicated to give you the best service (although we are not a company, yet) and would like to make your trip to Mount Kinabalu as smooth as possible. So, we really have to plan properly. The process really take some time, as we want to give the best to our client.

For those who have sent us your request, I hope you could understand us. We will entertain your request as soon as possible. As evidence, I will show you a glimpse of my Gmail inbox for the reservation…

My inbox

Gulf For Good Mount Kinabalu Adventure Challange

Gulf For GoodGulf for Good is a Dubai based charity under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum.

By taking part in a Gulf for Good adventure challenge, participants raise funds which are then donated to handpicked charities in the region where the challenge is held.

The challenges available are a mixture of moderate to strenuous adventures, ranging from high altitude treks to hiking, biking, kayaking and even camel trekking in magnificant landscapes. Our challenges allow you to access areas you may only dreamed of visiting, in the company of like-minded individuals.

In July 3-15 2007, Gulf for Good will be having 8 day multi-adventure challenge includes biking, kayaking, white-water rafting and trekking to the summit of Mount Kinabalu in Malaysia.

Have you got what it takes?. If you think you do, don’t miss this opportunity to sign up for an adventure of a lifetime.

Find out more

Are you a Linux User? Get yourself counted!

The Linux Counter is started as a “for fun” project to find out how many Linux users there are worldwide. The basic idea is for people to register themselves as being a Linux user. Of course, this way you won’t get all Linux users counted as not every Linux user will register himself at the Linux Counter site.

Thus, the only way to “know” the number of Linux users worldwide, is to make a guess, preferably a not-too-wild guess of the number of Linux users. Not making wild guesses there is only one way to go: statistics.

So, the main purpose of the Linux Counter is to deal with statistics on all kinds of numbers related to Linux usage. It started with statistics on the number of Linux users and it extended to statistics on Linux users, the machines they use, software they use and in what part of the world Linux users are actually living.

Linux CounterA second purpose of the Linux Counter is to make it possible for Linux users to find each other. The Linux Counter is reporting Linux users sorted per almost any place in the world. So, when Linux users want their information to be public, you can quite simply find those users who live in places near you.

I am counted!

Mount Kinabalu Summit Trail (Day Climb) Slideshow

Thank you Ganesh for your nice photos. I managed to select few good photos to create a 2 minutes slideshow on Mount Kinabalu climbing, mainly on the first phase of the climb in Summit Trail (Day Climb). If it would be longer, the file will be too big and it will slow to be uploaded to your browser.

For the time being, I only manage to put it up on a special HTML page, and maybe next time, I will find a way to put it up here in this blog. I also have submitted the slideshow to Google Video, hoping that Google will approved it ASAP. I tried to upload it to YouTube, but YouTube have problem with my registration. I don’t know why.

Make sure you have your speaker on. Check out the video slideshow here, and give me some comments!